pushing the envelope


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pushing the envelope

Going to the extreme. Taking something beyond its normal course. See bleeding edge.
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Reilly acknowledged that he was pushing the envelope by involving the attorney general's office in church employment decisions, but doesn't see a constitutional problem.
That decision, which might be seen as pushing the envelope of judges' powers to intrude on a citizen's liberty, drew the usual small furor from reproductive rights groups, fathers' rights groups, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
I don't push the envelope just for the sake of pushing the envelope.
People should keep in mind that every time you launch a mission that's pushing the envelope of new techniques and new technology, you have the potential for failure," Watzin says.
Our customers are pushing the envelope to go to smaller and smaller geometries," noted ESI CEO and president Nick Konidaris.
We're not pushing the envelope for him being ready by April 5.
Although Jamison was absent, her prepared speech left the audience with a memorable message: "We must continue to honor the arts, always pushing the envelope, always searching for higher ground to express ourselves in the world of dance.